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John Griffin, MD, MA, FAAD

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After graduating from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2009, Dr. Griffin completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Dermatology from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. From 2012-2013, he served as Co-chief resident for the Mayo Clinic Dermatology Residency program. He was awarded a fellowship in Dermatopathology at the world-renowned Ackerman Academy of Dermapathology in New York City, which he completed in 2014. Subsequently, Dr. Griffin was on faculty at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas from 2014 to 2016. 

Dr. Griffin joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2016. He is among just a few dermatologists in the Houston area to offer comprehensive patch testing for contact allergens.

Awards & Publications


  • AOA, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2008 
  • Student InterCouncil Scholarship, Awarded for academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service, 2008 
  • Recognized for academic achievement in Histology, Immunology, Pathology, 2009 
  • G. Alan Robison Award for academic achievement in Medical Pharmacology, 2009 
  • Outstanding Student in Dermatology, 2009 
  • Holman Taylor Endowed Scholarship in Dermatology, 2009
  • John P. McGovern Medical Humanities Scholar, 2009       
  • Mayo International Health Program Scholarship - Competitive scholarship awarded to provide dermatology care in Tanzania, Africa, 2011 
  • Co-Chief Resident, Mayo Clinic Dermatology Residency Program, 2012 –2013
  • American Academy of Dermatology Presidential Citation for Volunteerism, 2015
  • American Academy of Dermatology Performance Measure Pioneer Award, 2016, 2020

Original Articles

  • Griffin JR, Cohen PR, Tschen JA, Mullans EA, Schulze KE, Martinelli PT, Nelson BR. Basal cell carcinoma in childhood: Case report and literature review. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007;57:S97-102.
  • Alikhan A, Griffin J, Nguyen N, Davis DM, Gibson LE. Pediatric Follicular Mucinosis: Presentation, Histopathology, Molecular Genetics, Treatment, and Outcomes over an 11-Year Period at the Mayo Clinic. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013;30(2):192-198.
  • Griffin JR, Wriston CC, Peters MS, Lehman JS. Decreased expression of intercellular adhesion molecules in acantholytic squamous cell carcinoma compared with invasive, well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.  Am J Clin Pathol. 2013;139(4):442-7.
  • Udovenko O, Griffin JR, Elston DM. Biopsy Diagnoses of Clinically Atypical Pigmented Lesions of the Head and Neck in Adults. Am J Dermatopathol. 2014 Oct;36(10):829-31.
    Griffin JR, Kazlouskaya V, Dolly N, Elston DM. Cutaneous Angiosarcoma: A Comprehensive Review. Submitted.
  • Kieliszak CR, Pollinger TH, Tollefson MM, Griffin JR. An Update on Umbilical and Periumbilical Dermatoses and Clinical Findings. In press.
    Griffin JR, Davis MDP. Amitriptyline/Ketamine as Therapy for Neuropathic Pruritus and Pain Secondary to Herpes Zoster. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Feb;14(2):115-120.
  • Thompson AK, Peters MS, El-Azhary RA, Gibson LE, Chang MB, Griffin JR, Davis MDP, McEvoy MT, Camilleri MJ, Bridges AG. Cutaneous microemboli from hydrophilic polymer after endovascular procedures. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2015;73(4):666-71. 
  • Alikhan A, Griffin JR, Newman C. Use of Candida Antigen Injections for the Treatment of Verruca Vulgaris: A Two-Year Mayo Clinic Experience. J Dermatolog Treat. 2015;Nov 11:1-4. 
    Tran C, Griffin JR. Simple Method for Microscopic Confirmation of Previous Biopsy Site. Am J Dermatopthol. 2016;38(10):791-2. 
  • Zaghi D, Griffin JR. Defining “Lichen”: From Greek Mycology to Modern Dermatology. JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(10):1136. 
  • Kieliszak CR, Griffin JR, Pollinger TH, Junkins-Hopkins JM. Pseudo-Bullous Dermatosis Induced by Topical Anesthetic Agent-Clues to This Localized Toxic Reaction. Am J Dermatopathol. 2017 Feb;39(2):e19-e22. doi: 10.1097/DAD.0000000000000670. 
  • Garrett GL…Griffin JR, et al. Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients: Establishing the Population-based Incidence in the United States. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Mar 1;153(3):296-303. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4920. 
  • Scott B., Griffin JR. Lymphangioma-like classic Kaposi sarcoma. Int J Dermatol. 2017 Feb 10. doi: 10.1111/ijd.13552.
  • Fawaz B, Chamseddin BH, Griffin JR. Defining the Role of Mirtazapine in the Treatment of Refractory Pruritus. J Dermatolog Treat. 2019 Jun;10:1-17.
  • Garrett GL…Griffin JR, et al. Validity of skin cancer malignancy reporting to the Organ Procurement Transplant Network: A cohort study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Feb;78(2):264-269.
  • Chen L…Griffin JR, et al. Surgical Site Identification with Personal Digital Device: A Prospective Pilot Study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Sep;79(3):520-524. 
  • Crow LD…Griffin JR, et al. Initial skin cancer screening for solid organ transplant recipients in the United States: Delphi method development of expert consensus guidelines. Transpl Int. 2019  Dec;32(12):1268-1276.
  • Michel P, Menter A, Griffin J, Michel P, et al. A congenital naevus in a blaschkoid distribution. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2018 Mar;43(2):216-218. 


Dr. Griffin is the Principal Investigator at the Kelsey Research Foundation for several studies related to genetic testing of skin cancer.


  • Griffin JR, Magley M, eds. A collection of medical student journals. Houston: John P. McGovern, M.D., Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit, 2009.
  • Chavan R and Griffin JR. “Dermatopathology.” Review of Dermatology. Eds. Ali Alikhan and Thomas LH Hocker. New York: Elsevier, 2017. Print. 
  • Griffin JR. “Microscopic Findings of Psoriasis.” Psoriasis 2ed. Eds. M Alan Menter and Caitriona Ryan. Florida: CRC Press, 2017. Print. 

Hobbies & Interests

Dr. Griffin enjoys Texas A&M football, mountain biking, spending time with his family, outdoor activities and reading.

Fun Facts

Dr. Griffin’s favorite book is “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas. The one device he says he can’t live without is his Keurig coffee maker and his favorite musical artist is Yo-Yo Ma.

Medical School

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, 2009


  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, 2013

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology - Dermatology
  • American Board of Dermatology - Dermatopathology

Dr. Griffin is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Board of Medical Specialties, American Contact Dermatitis Society, American Medical Association, American Society of Dermatopathology, Harris County Medical Society, International Society of Dermatology, International Society of Dermatopathology, MENSA and the Texas Medical Association. 


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